FARMS & FOOD: A Teaching the Hudson Valley Resource Guide

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Here at Teaching the Hudson Valley we like the topic “farms and food” because it so readily lends itself to place-based teaching. It’s a compelling starting point for exploring a wide range of issues …

Here at Teaching the Hudson Valley we like the topic “farms and food” because it so readily lends itself to place-based teaching. It’s a compelling starting point for exploring a wide range of issues and subject areas – past and present. Inextricably linked to Hudson Valley culture, history, and development, while also embracing economics, science, and the environment, the topic is ideal for interdisciplinary learning.

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  • 1. A T e A c h i n g T h e h u d s o n VA l l e y R e s o u R c e g u i d eFarms & Food
  • 2. Table of Contents Why teach about farms and food? 3 Farms by county 5 Annual farm and food events 12 Farm to school program 13 historic sites and museums by county 14 Resources 18 Additional organizations 20
  • 3. Why Teach About Farms and Food?is there anyone who doesn’t like to talk about food? it’s a high-interest topic that generates strong opinions — fromthe kindergartner who hates peas to the newly minted teenaged vegetarian — so why not take advantage of it?But personal interest is really just the beginning. here at Teaching the hudson Valley we like the topic “farms and food”because it so readily lends itself to place-based teaching. it’s a compelling starting point for exploring a wide range ofissues and subject areas – past and present. inextricably linked to hudson Valley culture, history, and development,while also embracing economics, science, and the environment, the topic is ideal for interdisciplinary learning.Farms and food relate to contemporary concerns about which students receive implicit messages almost everyday: school cafeteria menus, soft drink taxes, and open space preservation, for instance. yet students seldom have achance to talk through or understand these issues in context. Real-life issues provide students with much needed op-portunities to practice critical thinking, ask questions, and learn to be active, informed consumers, decision makers,and community members. in addition, such inquiry can reveal hidden elements of society and the environment thatare essential to the quality of the students’ lives. here are three current examples: The economy. At a time when every dollar counts, new york farming and agricultural support industries generate some $30 billion a year, and these jobs have a multiplier effect*. in addition, according to the American Farmland Trust and the dutchess land conservancy, farms return a significant proportion of the revenues they generate to local economies. (economics, civics, government) Land, water, and the environment are issues many hudson Valley communities are grappling with. As today’s students grow to adulthood, resource stewardship will only become more pressing. About a quarter of new york’s land is currently in agriculture, and well-managed farmland may provide ecosystem services such as storm water retention, filtration of surface water, and replenishment of ground water. (earth and environmental sciences, civics, and government) Health and wellness. growing rates of childhood diabetes, obesity, and eating disorders suggest that students need to know more about nutrition, food advertising and promotion, and the biological and ecological processes of both industrial and local farming. (Biology, family and consumer sciences, health.)While this guide cannot be comprehensive, we hope to offer some place-based starting points – farms, historic sites,and museums – along with a sampling of media and organizational resources. We look forward to adding to thisguide based on your experience and suggestions. And, if we can help as you and your students explore farms andfood, please let us know.sincerely yours,debi duke and hadley galbraithApril 2011* nelson Bills & gregory Poe, “Agriculture and the environment: Trends in new york land use and highlights of the 2008 Farm Bill,” New York EconomicHandbook 2009, dept. of Applied economics & Management, college of Agriculture and life sciences. ithaca: cornell university, 12/08, and nelson Bills,Agriculture Based Economic Development: Trends and Prospects for New York. 3
  • 4. Planning your visit Teachers in ThV’s network say the following tips work with every age group and any kind of site, and will help you and your students make the most of your trip. Many also recommend KWl charts or similar graphic orga- nizers for keeping track of information. Before n Be sure teachers and site staff or volunteers share the same goals and ideas about what will happen. n introduce the site and any planned activities to students using photos, resources from the place’s web- site, and fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. n Ask students to draw and/or write what they know about the place and/or what they think it will be like. (This is the “know” in a KWl.) you can also make a classroom list or chart. n Make a list of questions to ask or topics you want to know more about. (The “want to know” in a KWl.) older students may make their own lists, but you can also make a classroom chart or list. During n Bring supplies so students can jot down observations, take photographs and/or videos, or make sketches for use as prompts and to facilitate discussion upon your return. no cameras at your school? e-mail info@TeachingthehudsonValley.org to arrange to borrow Flip Video cameras. n Be sure you get answers or additional information about at least some items on your lists. (This becomes the “learned” in a KWl.). After n discuss students’ pre- and post-visit ideas and impressions. Be sure to compare pre-visit writing and drawing with observations collected during the visit and/or have students complete the “learned” column in their KWl.What about math? Historical/big picture questions like these can be adapted for every age and help develop criticalFarming is full of numbers — acreage, thinking skills.livestock numbers and weights, crop n Why did people start farming?yields, field dimensions, and more — n What has the place visited been used for besides farming?that can be used to create simple tocomplex story problems, tables, com- n Why are/were animals important to farmers?parisons, and more. For real data, the n in what ways has technology made farming easier and/oru.s. dept. of Agriculture has printable more efficient?two-page county profiles at n how have technological changes affected the environment?www.agcensus.usda.gov/ n What are the differences between large-scale farms andPublications/2007/online_ highlights/ smaller, family-owned farms?county_ Profiles/new_york/index.asp. n What are some reasons the number of farms is falling? 4
  • 5. FarmsVisiting a farm can get students up close to the people, soils, animals, and processes needed to grow theirfood. More and more farms are willing to share their operations and expertise, as well as their passion forfood and agriculture, to help young people understand where their meals come from.All farms listed here welcome school groups. Those that provide teacher education programs are indicatedwith a T. Farms offering summer programs for children are marked with an S. some farms will send staff tovisit you; these are indicated by a V. check individual farm websites for details about weekend activities andspecial events. information is accurate as of fall 2010.To find additional farms, check local newspapers or farmers’ markets and talk to your neighbors. don’t be shyabout contacting a farm near your school even if it’s not listed here — some farmers welcome their neigh-bors even though they aren’t prepared to invite the general public to stop by. Additional leads, can be foundin the directories listed on page 11. 5
  • 6. Albany CountyIndian Ladder Farms, Altamont — apples, other produce, herbs, and scenic nature trails. Pre-K-12 field trips caninclude baby animals (spring), orchards (fall), or beehives (year-round) and emphasize history, ecology, economics, orother subjects as needed. $5/person. cecelia soloviev, info@indianladderfarms.com, 518-765-2956,www.indianladderfarms.com SColumbia CountyBlackberry Hill Farm, Hudson — organic, family-owned, raising animals and herbs and making maple sugar. TheLlama Garden, a program designed to educate children about fiber-producing animals, includes learning about animalhusbandry, storytelling, a wool craft, and refreshments. 2 hours. $10/person. Blackberryhillfarm@gmail.com,518-851-7661, http://blackberryhillfarm.org THawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent — biodynamic, vegetables, dairy cows, and pigs. choose from a wide range of pro-grams for pre-K-grade12. All include a farm tour and activities. staff will also work with you to create a custom-tailoredexperience or bring the farm experience to your class. Prices vary, $10/student is typical; some scholarships available.Rachel schneider, Rachel@hawthornevalleyfarm.org, 518-672-7500, http://hawthornevalleyfarm.org. S T VSylvia Center at Katchkie Farm, Kinderhook — not-for-profit education center on an organic farm. Day at the Farm(1.5 to 3 hours) explores farm operations and includes cooking. Also: Fresh Food Comes from the Farm (grades 1-12);See, Touch, & Taste (pre-K/K), Seed-to-Plate (seasonal, middle school), and Veggie of the Month (traveling lesson,nov.-May). Prices vary. Karyn.novakowski@sylviacenter.org, 518-758-2170, http://sylviacenter.org. VDutchess CountyCommon Ground Farm, Wappingers Falls — a range of vegetables, greenhouses, field crops, and a children’sgarden. one-hour preschool programs. Elementary Education on the Farm for K-6 covers plants, insects, invertebrates,and gardening. A program called Pioneer Living is based on laura ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. Program costsvary. Jen clapp, education@commongroundfarm.org, 845-231-4424, http://commongroundfarm.org. S VFishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction — historic orchard and vegetable farm with chickens and sheep. Pre-K-12.students pick seasonal fruit and take a hayride learning about cultivation and how the farm is run. Programs can beadapted to your interests and needs. $3-$10/person. hannah geller, info@fishkillfarms.com, 845-897-4377,http://fishkillfarms.com VFresh Air Farm, Fishkill — organic animal and vegetable farm at sharpe Reservation. Mid-May to mid-June, september,and october. classes visit animals and harvest food to make snacks, learning about food choices, human health, and theenvironment. Programs include Farm Hike, Worm Ecology, and Outdoor Café (wild edibles). $15/person, half-day.Tim stanley, tstanley@freshair.org, 845-896-5910, www.sharpereservation.org SMcEnroe Organic Farm, Millerton — compost, greenhouses, nursery, field crops, produce, and livestock. Programsraise awareness of the environment and the value of organic agriculture. staff members use hands-on activities toconnect food, health, and ecology for groups of all ages and abilities. $5-$25/person depending on activity and/ormeals. scholarships available. education@mcenroefarm.com, 518-789-0319, www.mcenroeorganicfarm.com 6
  • 7. Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Poughkeepsie —organic and urban with vegetables, herbs, and aseed-saving garden and seed bank. K-12 visits caninclude picking and tasting vegetables, seed-saving,and cooking. Adult tours may cover organic farm-ing, community supported agriculture, food security,seed saving, or engaging youth. $5/student per hour,adults, $50/group. Jamie levato, 845-475-2734,Jamie@farmproject.org, http://farmproject.org TSprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie — dairy farm,creamery, and education center. Programs are adapt-ed to meet the objectives of each group and may fea-ture animal husbandry, organic gardening, environ-mental education, cheese making, and homesteading.$280/1.5 hours, $450/4-5 hours. Most appropriate forelementary grades. georgie Blaeser, myyopin@aol.comor education@sproutcreekfarm.org, 845-485-8438,www.sproutcreekfarm.org. S TStony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Wappingers Falls — a working farm with livestock, greenhouse,shop, and barn. To arrange a guided program, contact stony Kill Foundation, foundation@stonykill.org, 845-831-1617,www.stonykill.org. $1/student; no charge for teachers or adult chaperones. For information on free, self-guided visitsto the grounds contact 845-831-8780, skfarm@gw.dec.state.ny.us, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1833.html.Orange CountyHodgson’s Farm, Walden — originally chicken farmers, the family has added vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs, andmore. Farm tours, occasional seminars, and other events. 90-minute presentations and tours available one month peryear, $8/student. info@hodgsonfarm.com, 845-778-1432, www.hodgsonfarm.comLawrence Farms Orchards, Newburgh — with a wide range of fruits and berries, seasonal vegetables, and evergreentrees, the farm offers “picking packages” for schools groups: apples or apples and pumpkins in the fall and strawberriesin June. students may also have a wagon ride, wander through a hay bale maze, or participate in a craft project. $10-11/student. Jlaw614@aol.com, 845-564-6670, www.lawrencefarmsorchards.comPutnam CountyGlynwood Farm, Cold Spring — livestock and vegetables. Tours emphasize sustainable farming and raising animalshumanely. children will see vegetable gardens and farm animals. groups of up to 20 children are welcome; through8th grade, one adult needed for every three children. $25-100/group. isabel lopatin, ilopatin@glynwood.org,845-265-3338, www.glynwood.orgHudson Valley Maple Farm, Cold Spring — Taconic outdoor education center, Fahnestock state Park. in February andMarch school groups learn about the history of maple sugaring, collect sap, and make syrup. $8/person; $14 with pancakelunch. Paul.Kuznia@oprhp.state.ny.us, 845-265-3773, www.nysparks.state.ny.us/environment/naturecenters/3/details.aspxRensselaer CountyGoold Orchards Inc., Castleton — historic apple orchard and certified kosher cider mill. All ages, september and oc-tober. educational programs are adapted to age and needs stressing how apples go from orchard to market. includesapple picking and snack. $5-$9/person. Karen gardy, Karen@goold.com, 518-732-7317, www.goold.com SSoul Fire Farm, East Grafton — organic and family-run with produce, eggs, and meat. opportunities include tours,cooking, literacy activities related to the food system, farm work, animal care, and wilderness games.soulfirefarm@gmail.com, 518-610-0008, www.soulfirefarm.com 7
  • 8. The Farm at Kristy’s Barn, Schodack — family-run market and farm with fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Pre-K-12 programs are jointly de- signed by the teacher and the Johnson family. Kris Johnson, KMJApple@nycap.rr.com, 518-477-6250, www.kristysbarn.com Rockland County Dr. Davies Farm, Congers — family-run since 1891, currently raising apples and pumpkins. Trailer rides and picking. 845-268-7020, www.drdaviesfarm.com Midsummer Farm, Warwick — certified organic farm raising bees, chickens, flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Registration required for cooking and other workshops. Visits by appointment. info@midsummerfarm.com, 845-986-9699, www.midsummerfarm.com Orchards of Concklin, Pomona — family-owned and operated since 1712, currently raising apples, flowers, and pumpkins. Pick-your-own, occasional events, and more. concklins@aol.com, 845-354-0369, www.theorchardsofconcklin.com Saratoga County Bowman’s Orchard, Rexford — 46 varieties of apples, berries, pump- kins, peaches, pears, and more. Tours may include orchards, packing- house and storage facilities, feed and pet farm animals, trolley ride, and refreshments. $5-9/person for groups of 10 or more. BowmanApples@ yahoo.com, 518-371-2042, www.Bowmansorchard.comDakota Ridge Farm, Ballston Spa — home of the Wooly llama Whisperers 4-h club, established in 1990, raises andbreeds llamas. Tours and hikes are available. llamaWhisp@aol.com, 518-885-0756, www.dakotaRidgeFarm.comGeneral Bailey Homestead Farm, Greenfield Center — built in 1798 by a Revolutionary War staff officer who helpedform the ny national guard, the farm now raises sheep for wool. Programs and spinning demonstrations offered for anominal fee. Kathy-gBhF@msn.com, 518-893-2-015, www.generalbaileyfarm.comLady Lilac Farm, Galway — the county’s first dairy goat farm began as a 4-h project. Tours and off-site presentationsare available. Jennifer.Flinton@ladylilacfarm.com or Ryan.Flinton@ladylilacfarm.com, 518-882-1401,www.ladylilacFarm.com VRiverview Orchards, Rexford — this family-run apple farm is nearly 100 years old. Tours may include cold room,apple sorting demonstration, beehives, honey house, hayride, pumpkin patch, and the donut robot. estimated cost:$7.50/student. 518-371-2174, www.Rivervieworchards.comSchuyler Farms, Ballston Spa — former dairy farm now operating as a family fun and garden center. greenhouses,nursery and christmas tree farm plus corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, pick-your-own, and more.Kenny@schuylerfarms.com, 518-695-5308, http://schuylerfarms.comUlster CountyAshokan Center, Olivebridge — outdoor education center amid forests, streams, ponds, and hiking trails. in late win-ter students learn about tree identification, photosynthesis, and physiology through maple-sugaring activities. in fallthey can explore the history and process of apple production, make their own cider and do a cooking project. Pricesstart at $150/group of 10-15. 845-657-8333, www.ashokancenter.orgDuBois Farms, Highland — 54-acres operated by first-generation farmers. Fruit, tomatoes, pumpkins, farm animals,and more. Visits may include wagon rides, apple picking, corn maze, animals, etc. $9/student or $11 to add pumpkinpicking. Requires one adult for every five children. 845-795-4037, www.duboisfarms.com 8
  • 9. Hurd’s Family Farm, Modena — specializes in apples,pumpkins, and christmas trees. Visits for pre-k throughgrade 6 weave in nys learning standards and may includehayrides, farm-related games, agricultural history, animals,picking apples and/or pumpkins, and eco-trails with woods,ponds, and wetlands. $8/student. 845-883-7825,www.hurdsfamilyfarm.comKelder’s Farm, Kerhonkson — family-owned since 1836featuring produce, greenhouse, dairy cows, and more. Theeducational program, developed by a nys certified teacher,involves students in picking produce, seasonal mazes, barn-yard petting zoo, educational mini golf, greenhouse visit,milking a cow, and hayrides. students take home produce.schools welcome April thru october. info@kelderfarm.com, 845-626-7137, www.kelderfarm.comPhillies Bridge Farm Project, New Paltz — historic farm with organic vegetables and fruits, animals, nature trail, andchildren’s garden. Programs are adapted to grade and interests, in fall or spring. Topics include science, history, arts andcrafts, and food, cooking, and nutrition. staff will help with school gardens/greenhouses. $7-10/child; some scholarshipsavailable. Amie Baracks, 845-256-9108, amie@philliesbridge.org, www.philliesbridge.org S T VProspect Hill Orchards, Milton — sustainably operated, family-run fruit farm. standard school program includeshayride, seasonal story with hands-on activity, apple and/or pumpkin picking. special themed programs such asJohnny Appleseed, Cider Pressing, Apple Arts, and Orchard Ecology—may be added. Judy clarke, 845-795-2383,info@prospecthillorchards.com, www.prospecthillorchards.com Land Trusts land trusts in the hudson Valley are actively preserving open space, including farmland. Many offer free resources — reports, educational programs, and lessons, expertise and connections — that may be useful for teaching about farms and food. Find a land trust in your community and ask about their work and what they might share with your students. • Agriculture Stewardship Association, includes Rensselaer county, www.agstewardship.org • Columbia Land Conservancy, www.clctrust.org • Dutchess Land Conservancy, www.dutchessland.org • Esopus Creek Land Conservancy, ulster county, www.esopuscreekconservancy.org • Greene Land Trust, www.greenelandtrust.org • Hudson Highlands Land Trust, parts of dutchess, orange, Putnam, & Westchester counties, www.hhlt.org • Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, Albany county, www.mohawkhudson.org • Open Space Institute, works throughout the Valley, www.osiny.org • Orange County Land Trust, www.orangecountylandtrust.org • Putnam County Land Trust, www.pclt.net • Rensselaer Land Trust, Rensselaer county, www.renstrust.org • Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature, saratoga region, www.saratogaplan.org • Scenic Hudson, works throughout the Valley, www.scenichudson.org • Wallkill Valley Land Trust, southern ulster county, www.wallkillvalleylt.org • Westchester Land Trust, www.westchesterlandtrust.org • Winnakee Land Trust, northern dutchess county, www.winnakeeland.org For more information — American Farmland Trust, www.farmland.org, or Land Trust Alliance, www.landtrustalliance.org 9
  • 10. Rusty Plough Farm, Ellenville — family-run organic farm growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. They also raisechickens for eggs and have beehives. Rustyplough@earthlink.net, 845-647-6911, www.localharvest.org/farms/m16194Saunderskill Farms, Accord — continuously farmed since 1680 now growing flowers, strawberries, pumpkins, andmore. seasonal activities include gardening classes, pick-your-own, hayrides, corn maze, and a tractor pull.info@saunderskill.com, 845-626-2676, www.saunderskill.comStone Ridge Orchard — farmed for nearly 200 years now growing a range of sustainable fruits and vegetables.school groups are welcome to choose from several opportunities soon to be the detailed on the farm’s website. Annediaz-Matos, stoneRidgecsA@gmail.com, 845-266-3979, http://stoneridgeorchard.com/theorchard.htmSugar Brook Maple Farm, Kerhonkson — welcomes school groups to discover the art of making maple syrup.They also raise christmas trees. sugarbrookmaple@aol.com, 845-626-3466Westchester CountyGroundwork Science Barge, Yonkers — urban hydroponic farm and environmental ed. center. Programs for grades3-12 and professional development focus on food and nutrition, agriculture, and renewable energy; 1-hour tours andpre- and post-visit activities are also available. in-school programs and help with school gardens available.$125-$400/group of 10-35; some scholarships available. gwen hill, gwen@groundworkhv.org, 914-375-2151,www.groundworkhv.org T VHilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown — county-owned and operated farm and environmental education center.Work alongside farmers, hike, and/or tour the farm. Typical program is 4 hours @ $5/person. 914-962-2368,www.hilltophanoverfarm.orgAlso providing programs at this site: Something Good in the World(914-217-9249, somethinggooditw@aol.com,www.somethinggoodintheworld.org), Cornell Cooperative Exten-sion - Westchester (www.cce.cornell.edu/westchester), and theWatershed Agricultural Council (www.nycwatershed.org). SMuscoot Farm, Katonah — historic dairy farm now raising vegeta-bles and animals; also, farm museum and trails. Programs for pre-K-grade 8 educate about the outdoors, contemporary farming, and thehistoric relationship between new york city and Westchester countyfarms. Pre-K-2: Wed., Thurs., and Fri.; grades 3-8, Mon. and Tues.Traveling trunks are also available. $75-$150/group.info@muscootfarm.org, 914-864-7282, http://muscootfarm.org S TSnowhill Organic Farm, North Salem — raises beef cattle, sheep,bees, fruit, other produce, and hay. The farmers compost and harvestfirewood sustainably. “Food For Thought” introduces students to issuesrelated to food, nutrition, and organic farming practices. spring toursare available for elementary school children and not-for-profit organi-zations. info@snowhillorganicfarm.com, 914-669-0999,http://snowhillorganicfarm.comStone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills —non-profit growing fruit, vegetables, animals, and bees; also featuresa sophisticated composting system. Pre-K- college visits emphasizehands-on activities and community-based farming. special sessionsfor teachers and help with follow-up lessons are also offered.$200-$400/group; some assistance available. Judy Fink,judyf@stonebarnscenter.org, 914-366-6200, ext. 113,www.stonebarnscenter.org S T 10
  • 11. Stuart’s Farm, Granite Springs —in production since 1828; current crops includeapples and pumpkins. school tours in septem-ber and october include barn, cider mill, cold Farm Directoriesstorage, and picking. don’t see a farm near you on our list? Find more914-245-2784, www.stuartsFarm.com leads at one of these websites.Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining — Community Markets, Westchester and Rocklandnature preserve and non-profit environmental counties, www.communitymarkets.bizeducation center teaching ecology and pro- Edible Hudson Valley Magazine,moting nature-friendly living. Programs for www.ediblecommunities.com/hudsonvalleypre-K-grade 12 feature hands-on, inquiry basedprograms like Egg to Chick, Maple Sugaring, GrowNYC features hudson Valley farms selling at newand Composting with Worms. $7-15/child; some york city greenmarkets,scholarships available. Phyllis Bock, www.cenyc.org/greenmarket/ourfarmerspbock@teatown.org, 914-762-2912, ext. 135, Guide to Farm Fresh Produce, Pure catskills, greenewww.teatown.org S V and ulster counties. Also features a local food map with farms and more. http://buypurecatskills.comWard Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River— former farm community now the county’s Hudson Valley Fresh, dutchess and columbia counties,largest public park featuring old farm founda- http://hudsonvalleyfresh.comtions, open fields, and varied natural surround- NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, farmersings. in later winter, maple-sugaring programs market directories, Farm Fresh County Guides, and nyfor all ages explore the science and history of state fruit and vegetable harvest calendar,the process. $150/group up to 30. www.agmkt.state.ny.us914-864-7317, www.westchestergov.com/parks— click “Parks & destinations,” “Parks & LocalHarvest.org, search for family farms by zip code,Recreational Areas,” and then “Ward Pound www.localharvest.orgRidge Reservation” Roundout Valley Growers Association, ulster county, www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org The Valley Table Magazine, www.valleytable.com 11
  • 12. Annual events For uRls and contact information not included here, see farm (page 5) or site (page 14) listings. Fees may be charged for some events. For additional sites check the directories listed on page 11. • harvest celebrations or other fall festivals, usually in september or october. • Columbia: Hawthorne Valley Farm and Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm • Dutchess: Common Ground Farm • Rensselaer: Goold Orchards • Ulster: Phillies Bridge Farm ProjectFALL • Westchester: Muscoot Farm, Philipsburg Manor, stone Barns, science Barge • Farm to you Fest and ny harvest for ny Kids — weeklong in-school celebra- tions of local food and farming. The week may be used to integrate local produce into school lunches, design new curricula, visit farms, invite a farmer to school, or learn about farmers’ markets. For examples of past activities and contacts visit nys dept. of Agriculture and Markets, www.agmkt.state.ny.us/ap/prideofny/farm_to_school.html • Agricultural literacy Week and national Agriculture Week — volunteers all over new york visit schools to read books with agricultural themes to secondWINTER graders and to share lessons and activities with teachers. Activities organized by county volunteers. details on the educators page, ny Agriculture in the classroom website, www.nyaged.org/aitc/ • Pancake Brunch and sugaring, March sundays, Teatown lake Reservation, Westchester • sap to syrup Pancake Breakfast Festival, March, hudson Valley Maple Farm, Taconic outdoor education center, Fahnestock state Park, cold spring, Putnam county • sugar Maple celebration, Fresh Air Farm/sharpe Reservation, Putnam countySUMMER SPRING • Be Aware of ny Agriculture Art contest, also known as the i ny Agriculture contest (pre-K-grade 6), ny Agriculture in education & ny Farm Bureau, www.nyaged.org/aitc • local Food Festival, June, indian ladder Farms, Albany county • A seat at the Table, July, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, dutchess county • Agricultural fairs: goshen historic Track, orange and saratoga counties, July; Altamont (Albany), dutchess, and ulster counties in August; and columbia and schaghticoke (Rensselaer) in september. www.agmkt.state.ny.us/Ad/countyfairs.html 12
  • 13. Farm to School Food service director Karen Blessin and health teacher olga Ashline at Averill Park central schools teamed up with Ken Johnson and The Farm at Kristy’s Barn (see page 8) in schodak to bring local fruit and vegetables into the cafeteria. Johnson delivers 10 varieties of apples to the school each week throughout the fall. The benefits are mutual — Kristy’s has a new income source while schools and students can connect what they learn about food with the actual experience of eat- ing it. elementary students visit the farm, and many see for the first time where and how food is grown.From left: Karen Blessin, Ken Ashline works with high school students on a school garden that contributes veg-Johnson, and Olga Ashline. etables and herbs to the school cafeteria. she hopes to add a greenhouse so theyJohnson delivers 10 varieties of can grow more produce year round.apples to the school each weekthroughout the fall. While fresh produce can take more time to prepare, Averill Park cafeteria staff members believe it is important to provide students with whole foods. And Blessin has found local farm prices comparable to those of the district’s regular suppliers.Getting startedPrograms like Averill Park’s, known as “Farm to school,” can begin in many ways — local or healthy snack days in asingle classroom or school, changing vending machine foods, or school-wide plans to purchase more cafeteria foodfrom local farmers for instance. Blessin’s advice is to start small with one or two products from one farm.establishing a farm to school program typically takes cooperation among food service directors, school boards andadministrators, food distributors, and farmers. it is not unusual for parents to be involved or even initiate such efforts.Blessin says involving everyone and educating them about farm to school is critical to success.Farm to School in the Northeast: Making the Connection for Healthy Kids and Healthy Farms is a detailed step-by-stepguide including assessment and evaluation forms, contracts, flowcharts, and other tools. The guide is available in theresources section at http://farmtoschool.cce.cornell.edu. cornell university’s Farm to school extension and ResearchProgram also advises schools.For additional resources, see “Better school Food,” page 20, and the box on cornell, page 21. 13
  • 14. Historic Sites and Museumsunique geography and input from many peoples — natives, european colonists and immigrants, and en-slaved Africans — have combined to create a rich and varied agricultural past in the hudson Valley. Farm-steads, estates, and museums throughout the region explore various aspects of our agricultural historyincluding culture, family life, slavery, business, and the environment.like schools, many sites have experienced cutbacks. When arranging a visit, be clear about your specificinterests and needs and whether the staff is able to address them or whether you should prepare your ownprogram or activity.sites listed here have identified agriculture as a topic of interest or developed related exhibits or programs.Many others lack the resources to explicitly publicize these aspects of their collections or sites but will sharethem gladly if you ask. historical societies may also be good sources of collections, oral histories, and otherinformation. Typically they are staffed by volunteers who will be delighted to share with students so don’thesitate to contact them, but be specific about what you need.For more sites, click “destinations” at www.TeachingthehudsonValley.org.Albany CountyAlbany Institute of History & Art. AihA’s wide-ranging collections include many objects and images related to farmsand food. For instance, resources prepared for Hudson River Panorama (hRP) include activities related to a 19th centuryagricultural journal; meat-packing; and ice harvesting. download the package and then search for relevant items. click“education,” “teacher resources, and “HRP teacher resource,” www.albanyinstitute.org S T 14
  • 15. Columbia CountyMartin Van Buren National Historic Site, Kinderhook, home Journey to the Past:to our 8th president, includes a restored mansion and part of his The People and the Landoriginal farm. surrounded by protected land including a workingfarm. Mid-May-oct. An upper es lesson, What’s So Funny About This interdisciplinary kit attuned to nysPolitical Cartoons?, includes “north Bend Farmer.” Find it on MAVA standards explores land use beginningand ThV’s websites; facilitate it yourself or invite nPs educator, with the Abenaki and brings studentsdawn_olson@nps.gov, 518-758-9689, www.nps.gov/mava V into the present. it includes primary documents and features hands-onOlana State Historic Site, Hudson, once featured a working farm resources such as stencils, looms, handthat provided produce for the church family table. olana’s view tools, and election advertisements,shed now encompasses several modern farms. The Wagon house along with lessons for middle schooleducation center hosts programs for children and adults that social studies, language arts, math, sci-touch on farms and food. Programs, activities, and art projects ence, and art.related to farm history may be requested.carri.Manchester@oprhp.state.ny.us, 518-828-0135, ext. 305; A related website provides backgroundwww.olana.org, www.nysparks.state.ny.us/historic-sites on historic county residents such as Robert livingston, Frederic church, and Martin Van Buren, along with a contemporary farming family. each in- dividual’s view of land use is supported by primary documents such as diaries, paintings, advertisements, and posters. Journey was developed by local teachers and museum educators from clermont state historic site (www. friendsofclermont.org, nysparks.state. ny.us/historic-sites), hancock shaker Village, Martin Van Buren national his- toric site (www.nps.gov/mava), Mount lebanon historical site (www.mountlebanonshakervillage. org), and shaker Museum and library (www.shakermuseumandlibrary.org).Dutchess County All materials were piloted in local schools.Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park.Programs highlighting FdR’s farm upbringing include FDR’s FarmTour (grades 1-3), The President’s Petunias (2-3), and Empire Forester(7-12). Tours may include gardens, greenhouse, trails, tree plantation, home, or a combination. students learn aboutplants, land conservation, etc. educator susanne_norris@nps.gov, 845-229-0174, www.nps.gov/hofr VLocust Grove, Poughkeepsie, an heirloom vegetable garden can be used to learn about historical attitudes toward grow-ing food. house tours and related activities may touch on domestic service, cooking, refrigeration, and the like. A programfor elementary and middle schoolers highlights levers used to perform basic household and agricultural tasks. Most pro-grams are $4-5/student. A.Pinna@lgny.org, 845-454-4500, ext. 213; www.lgny.orgMid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie, hudson Valley farm educational play for preschoolers. older chil-dren can learn about the food chain and water cycle in active, entertaining ways. T-F, 9:30 to 5. sat. & sun., 11-5. groupsof 10 or more — $6/child, chaperones/group leaders free. Must have an adult for every five children. lisa diMarzo,interpretative educator, 845-471-0589, ext. 16; ldimarzo@mhcm.org, www.mhcm.org 15
  • 16. Mount Gulian, Beacon. James F. Brown was head gardener here from roughly 1829-1868. Brown, who escaped slavery in Maryland, kept extensive journals, grew exotic species, built an early greenhouse, and raised beans, fruits, and other edibles making Mount gulian nearly self-sufficient. Visits include a hands-on activity and last about 90 minutes. $5/student. info@mountgulian.org, 845-831-8172, www.mountgulian.org James F. Brown at Mount Gulian Greene County I See Freedom, an interdisciplinary unit developed by fifth Bronck Museum and Barns, Coxsackie, grade teachers in Beacon, features eight lessons built around features three barns and houses from the 16, entries from James F. Brown’s journals covering the years 17, and 1800s, a federal-era kitchen, research 1829-1868. www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/ library, and more. gchsbm@mhcable.com, component/option,com_units/itemid,12/unit_id,61/ 518-731-6490, www.gchistory.org On the Morning Tide: African Americans, History and Orange County Methodology in the Ebb and Flow of Hudson River Society, A.J. Williams-Myers, Africa World Press, 2003. one chapter of Storm King Art Center, New Windsor/ this book tells the story of James F. Brown, the 19th century Mountainville, outdoor sculpture park farmer and gardener at Mount gulian historic site in Fishkill. celebrating the relationship between art and nature. More than 100 post-WW ii sculptures Forthcoming from new york unfold over 500 acres including farm fields, university Press, Seeds of grasses, wetlands, and water. see esp. Andy Freedom: James F. Brown — goldsworthy’s Storm King Wall made from the Fugitive Slave and Master stones of old farm walls. open April to mid- Gardener in the Hudson by nov. $8/student; discounts for groups of 15 Myra young Armstead or more. he.hydos@stormkingartcenter.org, 845-534-3115, ext. 110, www.stormking.orgPutnam CountyBoscobel, Garrison, this Federal-era mansion features an herb garden. school programs may also include a visit tothe springhouse used for cold storage and a discussion of how the seasons influenced food and activities. $5/student.one teacher or chaperone per 10 children is admitted free, additional adults, $8. linda Moore, lmoore@boscobel.org,845-265-3638, ext.132, www.boscobel.orgSoutheast Museum, Brewster, includes an exhibit on the history of Borden Milk condensery, a collection of farmimplements, and more. open April-december, Tuesday-saturday. 845-279-7500, www.southeastmuseum.orgUlster CountyBevier House Museum, Marbletown. in Exploring Ecology: From Native Americans to Today (grades 1-6) students learnhow native peoples in the area farmed and fed themselves. The program is offered onsite in the fall and spring andyear-round at schools. Pre- and post-visit activities included. check the website for additional programs.education@bevierhousemuseum.org, 845-338-5614, www.bevierhousemuseum.orgHistoric Huguenot Street, New Paltz. Programs are designed to serve a variety of learning styles; many use data-based questions (dBQs). Visits generally touch on farm work and slavery; you can request an emphasis on these or othertopics. A standard visit lasts about three hours, but can be adjusted to meet your needs. March - december. $7/student.Angela canepa, education coordinator, info@huguenotstreet.org, 845- 255-1660, ext. 10, www.huguenotstreet.org 16
  • 17. Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston. The Museum’scollection, library, and exhibits include the transportationof food and ice on the hudson River from the Valley to new The Huckleberry Pickersyork city and beyond. children’s programs, adult lectures and This 27-minute, 2007 video, produced by Theworkshops, and waterfront programs are offered May-october. nature conservancy captures the beauty ofMuseum staff will also visit schools and community events. the shawangunk Mountains and documentseducator-hrmm@hvc.rr.com, 845-338-0071, www.hrmm.org V the story of ulster county’s fruit gathering industry and the people associated with it.Sam’s Point Preserve, Cragsmoor, is a good place to learn huckleberry pickers and family membersabout 19th and 20th century huckleberry pickers. groups are share their profound sense of communitywelcome to hike the area, which includes the remains of and their intimate connection to the land atsummer shacks, Mondays and Fridays, with advance notice. A sam’s Point Preserve (see listing at left).conservation center is open mid-April to mid-nov. clee@Tnc.org or hWagner@Tnc.org, 845-647-7989, ext. 100; http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5www.nature.org/samspoint 211193289441139868&hl=en#Trapps Mountain Hamlet, Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz.Remains include a restored cabin, cellar holes, and the foundations of dwellings, barns, and other structures; charcoalpits; and burial grounds used by huckleberry pickers in the 1800s. Take a self-guided hike or an online tour to learnmore about this agricultural community. Related lesson plans on ThV’s website. downloadable guide and more atwww.mohonkpreserve.org/index.php?id=118,115,0,0,1,0Westchester CountyCranberry Lake Preserve, West Harrison. A Walk Back in Time (grade 2-adults) tours the preserve, including a historicfarmhouse and root cellar, to explore the formation of cranberry lake and Kensico dam. 1.5 hours. 914-428-1005,www.westchestergov.com/parks, click “Parks & destinations” and then “nature centers.”Historic Hudson Valley properties. Most programs are $6-12/student. 914-631-8200, ext. 611, www.hudsonvalley.org. Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, historic home with interactive farm activities. Among the programs are Life and Labor on a Provisioning Plantation: Slavery at Philipsburg Manor (grades 9-12), Millers and Merchants (3-5), and Touching the Past (1-2). Sunnyside, Tarrytown, was the home of writer Washington irving. An historically accurate kitchen garden features a wide variety of herbs, flowers, and other plants popular in the 1850s. Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, offers a look at post-revolutionary farming at an estate owned by one of new york’s most prominent families. Vegetable and flower gardens representative of the late 1700s have been maintained.John Jay Homestead, Katonah. Programs use letters, maps, and historic farm structures including a cold frame,summer kitchen, teaching and herb gardens, and more to explore the evolution of new york agriculture includingthe effects of technology. Features include an original cold frame, summer kitchen, herb and teaching gardens, andmore. Transportation grants and post visit activities are available to schools. education coordinator,Bethany.White@oprhp.state.ny.us, 914-232-5651, ext. 101, www.johnjayhomestead.org. V Philipse Manor Hall, Yonkers, was a revolution- ary-era mansion with acres of tenant farms and a history of enslaved workers. now, the museum and historic site offers a range of programs and opportunities including traveling trunks that come to your school. 914-965-4027, http://philipsemanorhall.blogspot.com, www.nysparks.state.ny.us/historic-sites 17
  • 18. Resourcesstay open to what comes your way. Almost every day newspapers and other media include at least one itemthat could provoke discussion or prompt an activity related to farms and food. This list of books, essays,posters, and video is an idiosyncratic sampler to get you started. if you need something specific, contact usat 845-229-9116, ext. 2035, or info@teachingthehudsonvalley.org, and we’ll do our best to help.A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family, leila Philip, excelsior editions,2001. The “biography” of a columbia county family and their historic farm. www.sunyPress.eduA Look at New York Agriculture, one page flyer, 2010, Agriculture in the classroom Program, u.s. department of Agri-culture, www.agclassroom.org/kids/stats/newyork.pdfAg Facts, new york state dept. of Agriculture and Markets, www.agmkt.state.ny.usConserving Family Farms in the Hudson Valley, a five-minute film made by award-winning director Josh Aronsonfor scenic hudson, www.scenichudson.org/videosData Sets and Fact Sheets, economic Research service, u.s. department of Agriculture, current, downloadable dataon a wide range of topics at www.ers.usda.gov/statefacts/ny.htm. And, well-formatted two-page county profiles basedon the usdA 2007 census data; download or print at www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/online_highlights/county_Profiles/new_york/index.asp.Farmers’ Museum (farmersmuseum.org), cooperstown, is not in the hudson Valley but offers two great resources.“harvest of history” (www.harvestofhistory.org) includes four interactive lessons on the history of new york farmingwith resources and bibliography. “Plowline: images of Rural new york” (http://plowline.farmersmuseum.org) includeslanternslides and family snapshots from around the state including 30 years of photos from one orange county farm.Feeding the Children: The politics of food in our schools and classrooms, a special issue of Rethinking schools, Vol.20, no. 4, summer 2006. This collection includes classroom activities for all ages, e.g., writing about food, worm bins,and “acting out” the irish potato famine, as well as resources and articles on school lunches, food policy, wellness, andmore. some items are available online, or buy the entire issue (PdF or paper) for $4.95. www.rethinkingschools.org.“The First Kitchen: eleanor Roosevelt’s austerity drive,” by laura shapiro, The New Yorker, november 22, 2010, is a veryreadable account of food politics during the new deal era. it would be a great way to spark discussion among highschool students while also elucidating essay writing. The descriptions of unfamiliar dishes will hold students’ interest.“home cooking in the FdR White house,” a chapter in From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History ofAmerican Cooks and Meals, Barbara haber, simon & schuster, 2002Hudson River Valley Farms: The People and Pride Behind the Produce, Joanne Michaels, Rich Pomerantz, globePequot, 2009. A guide with maps, photos, and short essays about 44 hudson Valley farms. includes a directory ofnearly 100 farmers’ markets and directions to featured farms that are open to the public.Hudson River Valley Heritage provides online access to historical materials including documents and photos.Browse by topic, e.g., agriculture, barns, or search by keyword, e.g., barns or cows. Administered by the southeasternnew york library Resources council. www.hrvh.org.Hudson Valley Voyage, photos by Ted spiegel, text by Reed sparling, involvement Media: Fishkill, ny, 2007. Packedwith gorgeous full-color photos, this 158-page, large-format book covers four centuries, touching on agriculture ineach. it also includes a timeline beginning with henry hudson, maps, and a guide to historic sites. 18
  • 19. Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is a well-designed and or- ganized website with a range of resources including photos (his- Sound and Story Project toric and contemporary) and video. developed by the u.s. dept. of Agriculture it aims to connect consumers with local producers of the Hudson Valley and start a conversation about where our food comes from and how it gets to our plates. www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/knowy ourfarmer?navid=KnoWyouRFARMeR sound and story (www.soundandstory. org) shares tales told by ordinary people Letters from an American Farmer, J. hector st. John de crève- to help all of us become more aware of coeur (sometimes shortened to Jean de crèvecoeur), 1782. several our history and connected to each other editions, paper and hardcover, are still in print. Wikipedia includes and our communities. an overview of the author’s life and the book, which touches on Most stories are a minute or two long. slavery and democracy, along with agriculture and many other Topics include The Ancient Art of Dowsing, subjects. it was written at what is now Pine hill Farm in chester, ny Elsie and her Blueberries, Pig Saga, Blood (orange county) where de crèvecoeur settled in 1769. Baloney, and Mom and her Closet, which explores the wardrobe of a 1940s farm “Magical dinners: An immigrant Thanksgiving,” by chang-Rae woman. lee, The New Yorker, nov. 22, 2010. The noted novelist’s descrip- tion of his Korean family’s 1972 celebration in new Rochelle, There are also several stories about Westchester county, offers fuel for high school conversations fishermen including What Hudson River about food and other topics while exhibiting the magazine’s Native has red tipped “fingers?”, Carp Fish exemplary essay style. on Ice, A Lost Tradition, Fish Tale, Nasty River, and Hudson River Mythic Creature. Lunch Line, starts out, according to a review in The Atlantic, profiling the efforts of one chicago school trying to serve better food, but turns into a “political and social history” of the school lunch program, which began in 1946 as an anti-hunger initiative. 2010, uji Films, Michael graziano and ernie Park, dVd $19.95, www.lunchlinefilm.comThe Role of Agriculture in the New York State Economy, February 2010, office of the new york state comptroller.This clearly written four-page report is a great source for discussion questions and writing prompts and has plenty ofstatistics for developing math problems. www.osc.state.ny.us/reports/other/agriculture21-2010.pdf“Two decades of Farmland Protection,” a timeline of scenic hudson’s agricultural conservation efforts, 1992-2008,www.scenichudson.org/whatwedo/landconservation/workingfarms/timelineYes! Magazine consistently publishes articles on food and farming; we especially like their posters, online exhibits,and videos, such as, “everybody eats” 2009, a poster to download and print or buy ($3 plus shipping), www.yesmaga-zine.org/issues/food-for-everyone/everybody-eats-how-a-community-food-system-works, and “hidden Roots of thelocal Food Movement,” 2010, a fascinating collection of World War ii-era posters used to promote canning, conserva-tion, and home gardening, www.yesmagazine.org/planet/hidden-roots-of-the-local-food-movement 19
  • 20. Additional OrganizationsAs with print and online resources, our advice is, stay open; there are many groups—local, state, and nationalthat can help you provoke discussion or come up with activities related to farms and food. This list shouldget you started. if you’re looking for something you don’t see here, contact us at 845-229-9116, ext. 2035, orinfo@teachingthehudsonvalley.org, and we’ll do our best to help.American Farmland Trust, founded in 1980 to help farmers and ranchers protect their land, create a healthier envi-ronment, and build successful communities, AFT offers factsheets, e.g., Why Save Farmland, and studies, such as, NewYork: Agricultural Economic Development for the Hudson Valley appropriate for older students or background forteachers. www.farmland.org/programs/states/ny/default.aspBetter School Food and Two Angry Moms • Tips • Action plans • Proposal Templates. These resources grew from adocumentary (view clips online or buy for about $35 w/shipping) created by two Westchester county women. especiallyuseful are a top10 list for improving school lunches, clear cut information about farm-to-school, unhealthy ingredients,school gardens, and more. http://betterschoolfood.org, www.angrymoms.org. see also: Farm to school, page 13.BOCES offer a wide range of support to school districts. some publish guides featuring ideas and resources for enrich-ment activities that may include farms and food. depending on which programs/services a school district participatesin teachers may have access to free or low cost professional development related to environmental education, the arts,and other disciplines that touch on farms and food.Teachers may also be able to get support for planning and/or paying for related enrichment activities and off-campusexperiences including help searching and/or applyingfor grants or accessing state aid. if your principal or otheradministrator is unsure what services are available, contactyour Boces directly. click “About” and then “Boces in yourarea,” at www.boces.org.Glynwood Center, Cold Spring (Putnam). helping com-munities in the northeast save farming • Printable maps offarms in nine Hudson Valley counties • Workshops • Audio,video, and publications • Speaker series • Publications onwebsite. Maps are great for all ages. other resources bestfor teacher development or older students.www.glynwood.org 20
  • 21. Honest Weight Food Coop, Albany. Ready, Set, Grow! is a series of cooking and nutrition programs for pre-Kthrough grade 5. hWFc will bring a program and all materials to schools, youth groups, or libraries. Most are an houror less and introduce locally-grown foods along with nutrition information. donations appreciated. Mariah dahl, Ma-riah@honestweight.coop, 518-482-3312, ext. 120. The coop also sponsors films, talks, and classes. www.hwfc.comHudson River Valley Institute at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, features a growing collection of lesson plans,student research papers, field trip ideas, and more. www.hudsonrivervalley.org, 845-575-3052, hrvi@Marist.edu Cornell University The university’s college of Agriculture and life science is home to a wide range of farm and food resources. Agricultural Outreach and Education (607-255-9252) operates under the auspices of the new york state education department, with funding from the nys dept. of Agriculture and Markets. The following pro- grams are accessible through its website, www.nyaged.org: New York Agriculture in the Classroom • Lessons • Teacher training • Awards and Grants • Links. especially useful is a list of books for all ages. Programs include Kids Growing Food — mini-grants for integrating knowledge of food and farming; Teacher of the Year Award — for weaving agriculture into the curriculum; and Orchard to Table — sessions on agricultural products and careers presented by volunteers. heather davis, 607-255-9253, hed24@cornell.edu Future Farmers of America is dedicated to developing students’ potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. The new york chapter is based at cornell university in ithaca. contact Juleah Tolosky, jft25@cornell.edu or 607-254-2880. www.ffa.org, www. nysffa.org New York Agricultural Education Outreach, a new resource for secondary and post-secondary teachers of agriculture and related fields, is currently under construction, but now includes resources for starting agricultural education programs in schools and links to Future Farmers of America and the ny Association of Agricultural educators. Cooperative Extension* (cce) uses cornell’s research and resources to provide programs and informa- tion on agriculture, nutrition and cooking, gardening, environment and natural resources, and more. in most cases, they offer something for every age group. All hudson Valley counties have an extension office; find yours on the “local offices” tab at http://cce.cornell.edu. see also, the box on garden learning, page 22. cce is also home to the ny chapter of 4-H, a national organization preparing young people to embrace community and world challenges. 4-h provides opportunities to explore science, health, and citizenship through programs delivered after school, in school and via clubs and camps. every hudson Valley county has its own chapter. click “get involved” and then “find” at www.4-h.org. Also: http://cce.cornell.edu/youth/ Pages/4-hyouthdevelopment.aspx. Farm to School Extension and Research Program features resources, policy updates, recipes, an e-newsletter, and other resources to help increase the amount of local food served in schools, http://farmtoschool.cce.cornell.edu (see the Farm to school box on page 13.) * The history of cooperative extensions is a valuable lesson in good government. in 1862 congress sold government-owned land to finance uni- versities. in return they were charged to provide broad-based education and public benefit. extension systems were established to “extend” the resources of those universities to a wide range of citizens. cornell is new york’s land-grant institution, and the extension connects research-based knowledge to individuals, families, businesses, and communities. 21
  • 22. Hungry Hollow Co-op, Chestnut Ridge (Rockland) hosts occasional farm and food related events. 845-356-3319,www.hungryhollow.orgNew York Apple Country • Teacher Kit • Videos • Posters. www.nyapplecountry.comNew York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education • lessons such as “Journey from Farm to Fork” and“Feed the Hungry” • Support for collaboration with farmers • Books and other items at nominal cost. Sandra Prokop,sprokop@nyfb.org, www.nyfbfoundation.orgNortheast Organic Farming Association of New York publishes Organic Food Guide, searchable by county.www.nofany.org/directoryRockland Farm Alliance is working to develop sustainable agriculture in the county. cropsey and orangetowncommunity Farms are in the organizational stage and will likely have educational components.info@rocklandfarm.org, 845-634-3167, www.rocklandfarm.orgSustainable Table advocates for and celebrates local food with an abundance of online resources, much of it free todownload including handouts and presentation kits; “The Meatrix,” a series of short, award-winning, humorous videosexploring factory farms—industrial meat and dairy production; and an encyclopedia. There’s a lot here, so if you’reshort on time, orient yourself and make a plan when you arrive at the site. www.sustainabletable.org, 212-991-1930The Watershed Agricultural Council offers teacher and student programs within the nyc watershed including aweek long teacher institute on forestry and water quality; a classroom partnership with field trips and curriculumrelated to healthy forests, clean drinking water, and watershed protection; bus tour grants for educational trips in nycwatershed regions; and catskills-based streams and watershed lessons. www.nycwatershed.org Garden Learning community gardens are springing up throughout the Valley. if you don’t want to create a garden at your school, use google or another search engine to look for a nearby community garden that might welcome a visit—or better yet—work from your students. Groundwork Hudson Valley Science Barge (yonkers) and Phillies Bridge Farm Project (new Paltz), listed in the farms section, both offer help with school gardening projects. Cornell Garden-Based Learning • Professional Development • Les- sons, Activities, Project Guides • Publications • Local Collaboration http://blogs.cornell.edu/garden Get Growing! Activities for Farm and Garden Learning: A Teach- er Resource for Elementary and Middle Grades, Jolie Mayer- smith, linda Peterat, editors. Really small Vernon Press, 2010 How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers, Arden Bucklin-sporer and Rachel Kathleen Pringle, Timber Press: Portland, oR, 2010 Schoolyard Mosaics: Designing Gardens and Habitats and Steps to a Bountiful Kids’ Garden, national gardening Association, www.kidsgardening.org 22
  • 23. Think Global, Act LocalWant your students to consider the broader implications of what they’re learning about localfarms and food? Try these resources.EcoLiteracy’s website features a range of downloadable written materials, e.g., Rethinking School Lunch, plus teach-ing ideas, and more. The group believes “schools play a pivotal role in moving us beyond our growing environmentalcrises and toward a sustainable society. We recognize schooling for sustainability as a process that fosters abundantliving on a finite planet and makes teaching and learning come alive.” www.ecoliteracy.orgHeifer International’s purpose is to end world hunger. As part of that mission, the group educates about sustain-able, environmentally sensitive development. heifer offers programs for teachers and produces picture books, games,activities, elementary and middle school curriculum, and more. Many materials are free. click “get involved” and then“schools” at www.heifer.org.Kids Can Make a Difference: Finding Solutions to Hunger, stephanie Kempf, www.kidscanmakeadifference.org,2009. The book and teacher’s guide with 25 lessons and activities for middle and high school students are available inenglish or spanish; print version about $26 or download free. Kids can is a project of ieARn, international education andResource network, a great source for projects and activities connecting your classroom with students in other countries.A typical activity is called, “The hidden grain in Meat.” it provides students with basic background on how cattleare raised and then presents two math problems—how much grain would be needed to produce enough meat foreveryone in the class to have a Quarter-Pounder for lunch? Ms. Kempf doesn’t stop there; she goes on to propose thatstudents discuss whether or not this is a good use of resources.Nourish: Food + Community, a project of artists, scientists, and educators brought together by Worldlink, uses a tele-vision program, short films, web content, and learning tools to encourage conversation about our food system, espe-cially among students. 11 films under 5 minutes are available free online as is a middle school curriculum with viewer’sguide, learning activities, and more. A dVd of the PBs program and short films is $90for schools. www.nourishlife.orgRethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World, Bill Bigelowand Bob Peterson, editors. Rethinking schools: Milwaukee, Wi, 2002, 400 pages,$18.95, www. rethinkingschools.org. A section called, “Just Food?” includes poems,articles, and teaching ideas. A typical activity is based on “The global Banquet,” atwo-part film from Maryknoll, a Westchester-based religious order and distributed byold dog documentaries, http://olddogdocumentaries.comRethinking Math: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers, eric gutstein and BobPeterson, editors. Rethinking schools: Milwaukee, Wi, 2006, 180 pp, $16.95, www.rethinkingschools.org. immediately relevant is “Fast Foods, Junk Foods, and Advertis-ing” – two detailed lessons and activities with discussion questions and additionalactivity ideas. 23
  • 24. Creditsconceived and researched by ThV student conservation Associate hadley galbraith anddebi duke, ThV coordinator. designed by seth Martel.Photo creditsCover: istockphoto.com/FunWithFood • Table of contents: Steffen Thaleman, Phillies BridgeFarm • Page 4: Courtesy McEnroe Organic Farm; Page 5: Top, Courtesy McEnroe OrganicFarm; Bottom right, Joan Barker, Fresh Air Fund/Sharpe Reservation • Pages 6 & 7: Joan info@teachingthehudsonvalley.orgBarker, Fresh Air Fund/Sharpe Reservation • Page 8: Karah Johnson, The Farm At Kristy’sBarn • Page 9: Will Martin, Phillies Bridge Farm • Page 10: Courtesy of Muscoot Farm • 845-229-9116, ext. 2035Page 11: Courtesy of the Science Barge • Page 12: Top, Elizabeth Marks, USDA; Center,Randolph School • Page 13: Top, Elizabeth Marks, USDA; Bottom: Karah Johnson, The Farm www.TeachingtheHudsonValley.orgAt Kristy’s Barn • Pages 14 & 15: William D. Urbin, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National HistoricSites/National Park Service • Page 17: Courtesy of Friends of John Jay • Page 20: Kate ThV is a program ofAdamick, Two Angry Moms • Page 22: Jill Rubin, Phillies Bridge Farm • Page 23: Courtesy Roosevelt-Vanderbilt national historic sites, national ParkHeifer International • Back cover: Top left, Danielle Fontaine, Historic Hudson Valley; Top service | hudson River Valley national heritage Area andright: Will Martin, Phillies Bridge Farm; Bottom left, Randolph school; Bottom right, Joan greenway conservancy | hudson River Valley institute at MaristBarker, Fresh Air Fund/sharpe Reservation college | hudson River estuary Program, new york state dept. of environmental conservationAlso available from THV:“diversity in the hudson Valley: Resources for Teaching Regional history with aMulti-ethnic Perspective.” download and print from our website or contact us fora paper copy.online library of free activities and lessons, most developed by hudson Valleyteachers. A growing number touch on food and farming. Find them by searchingkeywords such as “farm,” “food,” “barn,” or “vegetables.”